Grayson Perry: The Vanity of Small Differences10:00 – 17:00, FreeManchester Art Gallery, Mosley Street, Manchester, M2 3JL
Inspired by William Hogarth's A Rake's Progress, artist Grayson Perry created six tapestries to tell the story of class mobility and the influence of social class on aesthetic taste.
Brains: The Mind As Matter10:00 – 17:00, FreeThe Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI), Liverpool Road, Castlefield, Manchester, M3 4FP
On display for the first time outside of London, MOSI present a collection of artifacts, including real brains, artworks, manuscripts and more, showcasing our relationship with this most vital of human organs.
Catalyst: Contemporary Art and War10:00 – 17:00, FreeImperial War Museum North, IWM North, The Quays, Trafford Wharf Road, Manchester, M17 1TZ
A new exhibition bringing together the work of over 70 artists across photography, film, sculpture, oil paintings, prints and book works to explore our changing perceptions of conflict in a time when our opinions are are so easily influenced by the media.
The People's Business: 150 Years of The Co-operative10:00 – 17:00, FreePeople's History Museum , Left Bank, Spinningfields, Manchester, M3 3ER
An exhibition exploring the vast history of The Co-operative, from their origins as the Co-operative Wholesale Society in Manchester, to their innovative branding.
Remember Them.10:00 – 17:00, FreeVictoria Gallery and Museum, Ashton Street, Liverpool, L69 3DR
In Cuidad Juarez in Mexico, over 2000 women have been murdered or have disappeared since 1993, as the families struggle for justice, this exhibition brings together the work of artists trying to raise international awareness, and commemorate those lost.
April Ashley: Portrait of a Lady10:00 – 17:00, FreeMuseum of Liverpool, Pier Head, Liverpool Waterfront, Liverpool, L3 1DG
A exhibition exploring the life of April Ashley, the Liverpool-born Vogue model and actress and one of the first people in the world to undergo gender reassignment surgery.
Traces10:00 – 18:00, FreeRoyal Overseas League, 100 Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 3AB
Group exhibition by Leigh Chorlton, Tim Le Breuilly and Robin Wu, taking their inspiration from the writings of W.G. Sebald – each with their own personal interpretation of his writing, which in turn is imbued in their drawing, painting and printmaking.
Every Man and Woman is a Star: Photographs by Martin Parr and Tom Wood10:00 – 17:00, FreeWalker Art Gallery, William Brown Street, Liverpool, L3 8EL
Photography exhibition that explores the similarities and differences between the work of Martin Parr and Tom Wood – comprised of photographs taken in the late 70s and early 80s in Liverpool and Ireland.
New Works at The Walker10:00 – 17:00, FreeWalker Art Gallery, William Brown Street, Liverpool, L3 8EL
Keep up with the ever-growing collection of work in the Walker Art Gallery with this exhibition of recently acquired works, including pieces by Anish Kapoor, Louise Bourgeois, Paula Rego and Yoko Ono.
David Hockney: Early Reflections10:00 – 17:00, FreeWalker Art Gallery, William Brown Street, Liverpool, L3 8EL
A unique collection of work charting the early development of a British icon with almost 40 pieces on display, dating from between 1960 and 1978 – catch a unique insight into Hockney's early years.
The Narrators: Works From The Arts Council Collection10:00 – 17:00, FreeWalker Art Gallery, William Brown Street, Liverpool, L3 8EL
Visual dialogues are created between contemporary and modern works in this exhibition of work from the Arts Council's collection of decorative and fine art, running parallel to a collection at The Royal Standard.
Wendi Xie: First Step Showcase10:00 – 17:00, FreeCentre For Chinese Contemporary Art, Market Buildings, Thomas Street, Manchester, M4 1EU
Recent MA Ceramics and Glass Design graduate, Wendi Xie presents a collection of work using fibre glass, plaster, clear glass and plastic to reimagine the use of classic craft materials.
Cao Fei: Haze and Fog10:00 – 17:00, FreeCentre For Chinese Contemporary Art, Market Buildings, Thomas Street, Manchester, M4 1EU
An ambitions new film commission by Chinese artist, Cao Fei, taking on the zombie movie genre and exploring class structures and powerlessness.
The Gifts of the Departed: Alinah Azadeh10:00 – 17:30, FreeManchester Craft and Design Centre, 17 Oak Street, Northern Quarter, Manchester, M4 5JD
Interdisciplinary artist, Alinah Azadeh presents a new exhibition of work exploring communal rituals and the process of wrapping and exchanging gifts.
The Language of Process10:00 – 16:00, FreeMMU: Special Collections, All Saints Campus, Oxford Road, Manchester, M15 6BH
A new exhibition exploring how new materials and technologies are changing digital product design, with design work from some of the world's leading creative designers, including Assa Ashuach, Tom Dixon, Patrick Jouin, Ingo Maurer and Marcel Wanders.
Art Turning Left: How Values Changed Making 1789-201310:00 – 17:00, £8 (£6)Tate Liverpool, Albert Dock, Liverpool Waterfront, Liverpool, L3 4BB
The first exhibition of its kind exploring how left-wing values have influenced the production and reception of art across historical periods and geographical locations – artists include Jeremy Deller, Iwao Yamawaki and Tim Rollins.
Chris Johanson: Considering10:00 – 18:00, FreeThe Modern Institute, 14-20 Osborne Street, Glasgow, G1 5QN
Solo exhibition of new works by the Los Angeles-based artist and musician, utilising a multi-faceted approach, incorporating painting, sculpture and installations made from found materials.
Living Proof10:00 – 17:30, FreeGlasgow Print Studio, Trongate 103, Glasgow, G1 5HD
Taking its theme from Charles Darwin's research to find living examples to support his theory of evolution, artists including Alasdair Gray, Elizabeth Blackadder and John Byrne revealing their fascination with creatures and their portrayal in art.
Louise Bourgeois: A Woman Without Secrets10:00 – 17:00, FreeScottish National Gallery of Modern Art, 75 Belford Road, Edinburgh, EH4 3DR
Major presentation of works by the late French-American artist, highlighting a selection of her late work – revealing how Bourgeois, working in a variety of materials and scales, deftly explores the mystery and beauty of human emotions.
Modern Portraits10:00 – 21:00, FreeScottish National Portrait Gallery, 1 Queen Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1JD
Collective exhibition bringing together a varied series of 20th and 21st century works of portraiture, including Stanley Curister, Robert Heriot Westwater, Victoria Crowe, Maggi Hambling and William McCance.